Mines were used for the first time during the American Civil War in the United States (1861-1865). Anti-tank mines were later ameliorated and laid on the battlefields of the First World War. Mine clearing operations did not pose major problems with those visible and easy-to-detect anti-tank mines. The reason why Anti-personnel mines have been conceived and systematically used on the anti-tank minefields during the Second World War was because such mines prevented the enemy from easy demining of the defense system.
Baudoin, Y.; Acheroy, M.; Piette, M.; and Salmon, J.P.
"Humanitarian Demining and Robotics,"
Journal of Mine Action
: Vol. 3
, Article 11.
Available at: https://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol3/iss2/11